Navigation Links
Chikungunya Spreads as Funds Remain Unspent

Nearly half the central government funds allocated to fight chikungunya last year remained unused - mostly in southern states that, ironically, were struggling against the mosquito-borne disease that had affected at least 1.4 million people across the country.

According to data available with the health ministry, the government last year allocated Rs. 160 million to the worst-affected 16 states to help them contain the chikungunya fever. But a sum of over Rs. 74.9 million is yet to be utilised.

"It is unfortunate that the country's progressive states are adopting this attitude. Nearly 50 percent of the money allocated to states affected by chikungunya are lying unutilised with the states," a top health ministry official told IANS.

Among the states, Karnataka is the worst offender. It is yet to spend a single paisa of the Rs. 22 million that it received from the central funds - this when state had 762,026 suspected cases of chikungunya, more than half of all reported cases in India.

Chikungunya is caused by a virus spread by the Aedes Egyptis mosquito that breeds in stagnant water.

Maharashtra is another state that took little interest in spending the allocated money, with Pondicherry following suit. Maharashtra is yet to spend Rs. 18.5 million of the allotted money, Pondicherry Rs. 13 million, Tamil Nadu Rs. 2.3 million and Andhra Pradesh Rs. 1.8 million.

The matter has not escaped the attention of Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who expressed disappointment. "We have asked the respective states to submit a utilisation report within a week or so," he said.

However, the minister promised not to withdraw the funds. "They have been instructed to spend it as soon as possible," Ramadoss told IANS.

The minister said that the central government has allocated a sum of Rs. 200 million this year for 10 states to tackle the vector-borne disease.

This year, India has so far reported 17,000 suspected cases of chikungunya spread across nine states, Kerala alone accounting for around 12,000.

India reported 1.4 million cases in 16 states last year.

Defending her government, Karnataka's Principal Secretary (Health) Usha Ganesh said: "We got the fund a little late and there is no question of under-utilising the fund. We spend over Rs.200 million alone from our state fund last year."

"They are not taking back last year's fund. The central health ministry has promised to give us Rs. 20 million more this year," Ganesh said.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. No Cure for the New Mosquito-Borne Disease, Chikungunya
2. Chikungunya Epidemic On French Island Claims 52 lives
3. French Minister To Visit La Reunion Island To Monitor Chikungunya Epidemic
4. Chikungunya Fever: French Government struggling to Tackle the Mosquito Menace
5. Threat from Chikungunya, No Longer a Fear
6. Over one Lakh Affected by Chikungunya Disease Nagercoil
7. Chikungunya Strikes Chennai, India
8. Madhya Pradesh Affected by Chikungunya Fever
9. Chikungunya Death Toll Raises to 12 in Madhya Pradesh
10. Chikungunya In Mauritius Claims 77 Lives
11. Seven Dead in Maharashtra Due to Suspected Chikungunya
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, and are derived ... eye of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights and commentary in the ... Care. For the full issue, click here . , For the American Society ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many ... been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only ... approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency ... named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. ... Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June ... with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking ... common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced ... attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 ... received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... June 26, 2016 One of Australia,s ... the formation of a new biotechnology company, Noxopharm Limited [ABN 50 ... an IPO and to list on the ASX. Noxopharm ... ready to enter a Phase 1 clinical study later this year. ... address one of the biggest problems facing cancer patients - the ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ ) announced ... Act of 1976, as amended ("HSR"), with respect to ... CPXX ) expired effective June 24, 2016, ... previously announced on May 31, 2016, Jazz Pharmaceuticals and ... Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced a tender offer for all ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , June 27, 2016  VMS Rehab Systems, Inc. ... will take whatever measures required to build a strong ... which is currently listed on the OTC Markets-pink current ... Chairman and CEO, "We are seeing an anomaly in ... understand, not only by the Company, but shareholders and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: